Ice Skating in Bangkok (999 Sukhumvit Road)
Phew its hot in Bangkok. If you want to cool down, well perhaps give ice skating in Sukhumvit a go . You might not be as graceful as the girl in this video, but the proximity to the ice is still the same (unless you constantly fall over!).
Imperial World Shopping Centre
The location for the video is Imperial World Shopping Centre Samrong. The rink is on the 5th Floor. Take the Sky Train to On Nut and then continue up the Sukhimvit road by bus or taxi. Imperial World is Thailand’s centre for skating. They hold the national figure skating championship there. Its a big rink: 30 by 60 metres,;and it doesn’t cost much for a 90 minute session and skate hire – a mere 150 Thai Baht. For people serious about sport on ice, there are figure skating lessons available and there is also an ice hockey club based here.
- Location of Imperial World Shopping Centre
There are other rinks in Bangkok but they they cater more to the leisure market. Ice Planet is on the 7th Floor of the Siam Discovery Centre. It is right by Siam Square BTS (sky train) station. It opens at 10.00 and closes 20.00. It’s full of teenagers and young romantic couples. It costs 250 Thai Baht on weekdays and 280 Thai Baht on weekends. This is for a 90 minute session and skate hire.
- Location of Ice Planet
The Rink @ Central World
Another central ice skating rink is The Rink @ Central World. Its on the 1st floor and is open from 10.00 to 20.00. To get there take the sky train to Chidlom BTS station and follow the signs to Central World. Central World is the world’s third largest shopping mall. If you are planning a shopping trip with kids, perhaps you can leave them there whilst you look around the shops. 220 THB for a 60 minute session and 260 THB for a 90 minute session including skate hire.
- Location of The Rink @ Central World
It might seem ‘ungreen’ to spend so much money keeping large areas cold enough to have ice rinks but perhaps these cold environments are needed by a population living in a large, hot and sometimes stressful city.